Air India Express reduces the weekly twice service between Mumbai – Trichy sector to one per week effective Feb 01. The airline was operating on the sector essentially to take its aircraft, positioned here, to Mumbai for weekly maintenance.



I pulled my previous post Air Asia is pulling out of Trichy…..Thanx to A. Kumar and Subash in letting me know that AirAsia is not pulling out of Trichy but from Trivandrum. It was a mistake from my source of this information.  I stand corrected and modified this entry with the correct information. Thanx for making this right.

AirAsia is also suspending service from Chennai to Penang, starting Jan. 21, although it is increasing frequencies on other sectors.

The reason cited by Air Asia is higher Airport taxes.

From Aviation week :

High airport taxes are hurting. “We are a commercial airline getting into a new market. If we have to pay half the ticket price in taxes on an average $100 fare, it doesn’t make commercial sense,” says Suresh Nair, AirAsia’s regional manager for South Asia.

Another telling quote from the same source above on the state of Indian Airports :

Indian airports are of two types. [There are] the private parasites who are doing a job. They put in money and want a return. But the danger is nobody is regulating their return. They look for short-term profits as opposed to long-term development. Then there are the government airports, where people get paid a salary [but] they do not do much work. Airports are always a problem in Asia.”

Too much growth too fast ?


Fast growth and no Planning ?

Air Works India Engineering, India’s only private maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) third-party provider, is expanding its line maintenance capabilities with the inauguration of facilities at Trichy International Airport. The Line maintenance includes small but crucial maintenance jobs to keep the aircrafts running between flights. So it is important to have a quality job and a quick turnaround time between jobs. The major airlines may do their own maintenance for their aircrafts but the smaller players will need to outsource for cost and technology purposes.

“On-time performance is an essential for international airlines. It is important, therefore, to have people available at the right time so as to avoid any delays. We can provide that,” says Dhiraj Chhabra, associate VP-marketing.

Air works established its facilities in Trichy after Bangalore in South India and for a very good reason – International carriers with a 4 to 5 hr flying times are moving in to Trichy rapidly. So it bodes well for the growth of Trichy.

Source: Aviation Week

Emirates airlines is considering expanding operations in India and looking to expand to new destinations which will include Trichy. It has currently 184 flights to 10 destination centers in India and planning to increase that to 16 destinations in the near future.

Air India Express launched its twice a week ( Thursday and Saturday) flight connecting Trichy and AbuDhabi .

The flight will depart Chennai at 12.50 p.m. and arrive here at 1.40 p.m. It would leave for Abu Dhabi at 2.30 p.m.

In the return direction, the flight will arrive at Tiruchi from Abu Dhabi at 11.55 p.m. and depart for Chennai at 12.50 a.m. It will reach Chennai at 1.40 a.m.

The airline offers attractive one way fare starting from Rs.6,439 from Tiruchi to Abu Dhabi.

After so many false starts, it looks like the new terminal in Trichy Airport will finally open for public. The date is set at Feb 21st. This is a 11,700 Sq.Ft facility ( 7000sq.ft ground floor and 4700 Sq.ft first floor) with 3 moving platforms / Escalators and  5 Lifts for passenger comforts. It will have 13 Inspection and 16 immigration portals with 300 car parking lot outside. The terminal is 99% ready. So the plan is to open the terminal now ( there is an election coming, you see) and complete the other remaining work later.

Hopefully, this time it will happen. But Let’s wait and see.

Source: Dinamani

AI is planning to increase its already existing thrice  a week service from Trichy – Chennai – Dubai to seven days a week from Mid February. This is in response to the overwhelming response to this service.

AI is also planning to make Trichy a hub for its Trichy – Chennai – Dubai and Trichy- Chennai – Kualalumpur Service ( Coming soon). The Trichy Malaysia service will be thrice a week to start with, but looking at the overwhelming response to Air Asia service from Trichy, this will also become a seven day service very soon.

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